Writer Joan Didion once observed that in order to understand the city, one needed to immerse themselves in the freeway experience, “the only secular communion Los Angeles has.”
Our familiar rivers of concrete and steel no longer represent Angelino’s shared experience of freedom, daily commutes and gridlock. Photographed from above and over-painted in vibrant colors, these freeways transform from a conflicted reality into graphical and poetic sculptures set against a mythical historic landscape, one that recalls Los Angeles' grand 19th-century Ranchos and the abundant pre-World War II farmers’ fields.
The idealized landscape, painterly brushwork, flattened and shifting horizon lines, and seductive colors recall Wayne Theibaud’s Sacramento River Delta series and Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park works.
To create these works, I shot aerial photographs from a blimp or helicopter. The images were digitally-enhanced to add or remove cars, re-work the landscape and at times, add or remove freeway lanes. The resulting image was printed on archival watercolor paper and painted using oil or acrylic.